Merlin Club: The Death Song of Uther Pendragon or The One Where Uther is Still a Dick Even Though He’s Dead
So, Arthur and Merlin are riding through Camelot and they happen upon a woman who’s about to be burned at the stake for being a magic user. They cut her down and rescue her, but she’s already near death cause she’s super old and frail or something. To thank Arthur for rescuing her, she gives him a magical horn. If you blow it while standing at some mystical Stonehenge type place you can talk to the spirit of one of your dead homies.
Arthur, despite still mistrusting magic, goes for it and contacts Daddy Dearest. As it turns out, dead Uther is, perhaps, even more of a dick than living Uther. I know, I was stunned, too. He pretty much hates everything – hates the men Arthur knighted, hates Arthur’s wife, hates the way Arthur is running Camelot. All hate. All the time.
Arthur is, of course, dejected because all this poor guy really ever wanted was his father’s love and approval. Nope. Not gonna happen, kid. He and Merlin return to Camelot and discover that they’re being haunted by the ghost of Uther because Arthur foolishly looked back at his father while leaving Ghostlandia. Ghost Uther wreaks havoc – fucks up the round table, makes an axe fall on Percival’s chainmail-less arm, beats up Gwen, knocks her out then sets the room on fire in an attempt to kill her. You know…ghosty things.
Gaius (who knows all sorts of things about this horn) tells them how they need to fix the problem (Arthur blowing the horn again while the Ghost Uther is looking at him) and gives them a potion of questionable safety so they can see ghosts (I’m surprised there weren’t any other ghosts floating around Camelot) and they go off to hunt Uther. After they separate, Uther attacks Merlin, then Arthur comes to rescue him. Uther conveniently knocks him out, and he and Merlin continue to throw down. Uther is pissed to discover Merlin has magic and Arthur wakes up just in time to blow the horn and send Uther back to Ghostlandia.
(I apologize for the brevity of this week’s post – I’m crazy swamped with edits!)
Okay, the questions…
1.) If I’d written this episode… Honestly, I’m not sure there’s much I’d change.
2.) The thing I loved/hated most about this episode. I really, really loved the banter between Merlin and Arthur. They’re pretty much the perfect couple.
3.) Something you never noticed about this episode before. Jen pointed this out, but I hadn’t noticed it, either. Both of Arthur’s parents died on his birthday.
4.) Favorite costume. Gwen’s purple taffeta dress.
5.) Here is some proof of some random head canon I’ve created. Nothing this week. Merthur is Forever. (Not mine, but nonetheless true.) Also, Uther always loved being king and Camelot more than his son.
6.) What Merthur moment did Jess have the naughtiest thoughts about? So many from this episode, but I’m gonna have to go with the inappropriate fisting joke during a family show. See?
7.) What made Jen lose her shit – in a good or bad way? The vagina haunting caused by Uther’s voice.